FDA issues warning over use of stolen asthma inhalers


ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has advised patients to avoid using asthma inhalers that may come from a truck stolen in Florida.

The FDA said last week that patients should not use unit-dose vials of ipratropium bromide inhalation solution in the 0.02% strength and albuterol sulfate inhalation solution in the 0.083% strength from certain lots made by Dey, a subsidiary of Mylan. This includes 892,000 doses of albuterol sulfate and 432,000 doses of ipratropium bromide that were aboard a tractor trailer stolen in Tampa, Fla. The FDA said the vials may have been mishandled and improperly stored.

Affected albuterol lots include 9G04 with the NDC number 49502-697-29 and lots 9FD8, 9FD9 and 9FE1, all with the NDC number 49502-697-61. The ipratropium bromide lots include F09089 with the NDC number 49502-685-31, C09119 and C09210, both with the NDC number 49502-685-62

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